Skip to main content

This job has expired

Senior Legal Counsel (Publishing) - 12-month FTC

Taylor Root
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

Job Details

Your main responsibilities will involve:

  • Reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of commercial contracts, including distribution agreements (physical, ebooks, and audio (agency, resale and subscription models)), sales contracts, vendor contracts, software development agreements, information technology contracts, commercial partnerships and other general commercial contracts.
  • Advising on structuring, drafting and negotiating publishing, content acquisition and licensing transactions involving the various divisions of the business.
  • Advising on the particular issues associated with digital publishing and distribution.
  • Advising on, drafting and reviewing services contracts (including consultancy and agency contracts but excluding employment contracts which are managed by the HR department).
  • Providing legal advice on corporate transactions (acquisitions and disposals) and drafting, reviewing and negotiating the associated contractual paperwork.
  • Drafting and negotiating data protection agreements and advising on data protection matters.
  • Advising on publicity and marketing agreements, promotions and competitions.
  • Advising on Open Access matters and creative commons licencing.
  • Advising on legal issues arising out of the use of social media.
  • Working directly with the business, providing objective analysis of risks that relate to commercial law, copyright, trade mark and other intellectual property matters with the ability and confidence to provide solutions to satisfy legal and business requirements.
  • Advising on general contract disputes and on intellectual property disputes, including copyright/ trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Providing pre-publication advice to mitigate IP, libel and privacy risks; advising on and resolving third party claims relating to such issues. Liaising with external counsel in connection with the preparation of pre- publication legal reports, and with editors and authors in order to address identified risks prior to publication.
  • Developing and reviewing standard contract templates (plus standard variations) and terms and conditions.
  • Researching, analysing and advising on regulatory compliance issues.

Experience required:

  • Qualified solicitor with 5+ years' PQE (ideally in-house exposure).
  • Sector experience in publishing, media, or retail would be preferable.
  • Ability to build relationships as a trusted advisor with stakeholders.
  • Ability to work autonomously with commercial, IP, compliance, corporate, and data privacy matters.

Working arrangements:

3 days per week in Central London office.

Please note our advertisements use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role.

Please note that your personal information will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


Established in the 1980s, Taylor Root is now widely recognised as being one of the world’s leading legal recruiters. Operating out of offices in the UK, Dubai, Asia and Australia, we are ideally placed to assist law firms, banks and companies with their legal recruitment on an international basis. Taylor Root has a strong track record in the recruitment of: Heads of legal and legal advisers; Law firm associates and partners; Contract/locum lawyers; Paralegals; Company secretaries and Compliance professionals.

We regularly recruit for positions in all of the following regions: Western and Eastern Europe; The Middle East; Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, mainland China and Bangkok; Australia and New Zealand, across The Caribbean and Offshore locations. .

In areas such as Project Finance, Derivatives or Capital Markets, where an international search is appropriate, our offices aim to provide truly global coverage and deliver a comprehensive candidate shortlist.

Through hard work, a professional and ethical approach, and not being afraid to be objective, Taylor Root continues to foster excellent, long-term candidate and client relationships throughout all of its offices.

Taylor Root is a member of The SR Group. The SR Group is a specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to raising standards in the business environments that we serve. The sectors we cover include tax, legal, human resources, marketing, professional support and executive search, dealing with a substantial number of the world's leading professional partnerships, multi-national corporations and international banking groups as well as small to medium sized developing organisations.

For more information please contact your nearest office:

5 Fleet Place


T: +44 (0)20 7415 2828

Suite 614, Liberty House
P.O. Box 506739
Dubai, UAE
T: +9714 448 7770

1918 Hutchison House
10 Harcourt Road Central
Hong Kong
T: +852 2973 6333

Level 15, Prudential Tower
30 Cecil Street
Singapore 049712

T: +65 6420 0500

Level 12, 25 Bligh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: +61 (0)2 9236 9000

Level 4
520 Collins Street
Victoria, 3000
T: +61 (0)3 8610 8400

Use UK Details for main contact details section


Company info

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert